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Boys At Greene County Early Bird Track Meet

 

Six hundred and eighty one days; the amount of time from May 18th, 2019 when the Southeast Valley track & field teams last competed at the state meet almost two years ago until this past Monday, March 29th, 2021 when the Jaguars once again took the track at the Greene County Invite in Jefferson due to losing their 2020 season due to the pandemic.While the boys’ team took 25 members to the first meet Monday, only 7 of those had competed in a high school meet before and at times the inexperience showed as well as some rust from those who had been out before. However, the Jags were able to come home with a pair of 1st place finishes, a runner up finish, a school record and several all-time top ten finishes.

Junior Kaleb Scott got the night started off on a great foot for the Jaguars, clearing 6’ 4” in the high jump to not only win it, but broke the school record by four inches.  The other first place finish for the Jaguars was the 4 x 100m relay quartet of Sam Hanson, Carl Berglund, Eli Johnson and Tre Fisher.  The foursome ran a time of 47.70 after a last minute change in the runners didn’t leave much time to get the four on the track.

The 4 x 800m relay team of Cooper Nuss, Oscar Hanson, Zach Thompson and Jordan Cerwick took 2nd.  They ran a time of 9:48.71.  Cooper also ran the tenth fastest time in the 1600m dash running a 5:19.09.

The 4 x 200m team of Eli Johnson, Tre Fisher, Sam Hanson and Kaleb Scott and the Shuttle Hurdle Relay team of Ty Klatt, Sam, Kaleb and Jace Hanson both took fourth.  The 4 x 200 time was 1:37.73 while the Shuttle’s 1:12.67 was the fourth fastest in school history.

Other place winners in the meet was Carl Berglund in the 100m dash (6th, 12.64) and the 1600m Medley Relay (6th, 4:19.78).  Sophomore Ethan Ackerson cracked the all-time top ten list in both the discus (101’ 2”) and the shot put (38’ 5.5”)

“Nineteen of our twenty-seven members on the team this year are freshman and sophomores and given the sophomores didn’t compete last year, we have nineteen athletes that are basically on the freshman level of the learning curve.  The one senior and six juniors have shown strong leadership helping the sophomores and freshmen get up to speed,” commented Coach Nuss.  “We knew there would be some mistakes Monday and there were, but there were also a lot of bright spots and we see a lot of potential with this team.  As coaches, we are very excited with how the upperclassmen have been stepped up this year to lead and can’t wait to see the improvements of the athletes by the end of the season.”

The Jaguars compete again on Thursday, April 1st in Story City and then Thursday, April 8th at Woodward. 

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